The Greater New York City Chapter of NSCIA raised $35,000 for a variety of SCI-related causes at its 8th annual “Mardi Gras” February 21 at New York City’s SLATE nightclub.
With DJs, dancing and comedy, the evening of entertainment was a huge hit.
“This was our most successful event in the eight years that we’ve been holding the Mardi Gras — and everyone had a great time!” says James Cesario, chapter founder and SCI outreach coordinator at The Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Center. “It was a wonderful coming together of people from all facets of life — wheelers, therapists, doctors, and businessmen — joining to help people with spinal cord injury and other disabilities.”
During the event, NYCSCIA presented a $10,000 grant to Wheels of Progress (see “Members in Action” in the January/February issue), an organization that creates accessible supportive housing and provides transformative environments, education and experiences for people living with a spinal cord injury or other physical disabilities.
NYCSCIA also honored Dr. Kristjian T. Ragnarsson, chair of the Department of Rehabilitative Medicine at Mount Sinai, with its Humanitarian of the Year Award.
In conjunction with the award, NYCSCIA contributed $5,000 to the Life Challenge Program (an outdoor adventure program that challenges people with spinal cord injuries) and $5,000 to the Mount Sinai Ekso Bionics Program (a program that utilizes cutting-edge robotic exoskeletons to assist people with spinal cord injury to ambulate).